‘Our Second Amendment is under attack’; hundreds rally against gun-control legislation at R.I. State House
'Our rights are being trampled on'
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Hundreds of people gathered outside the Rhode Island State House on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; rallying to have their voices heard by state lawmakers against gun-control legislation.
Officials with the Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition say it is imperative people come out and show their support; because ‘our Second Amendment is under attack’.
Many protesters also saying their voting rights and free-speech rights are being infringed on here in the Ocean State.
Michael O’Neil, VP of Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, says there are many gun bills on the table that are not in the best interest of the community, gun abiding citizens or in the fight to keep illegal guns off the street and out of the hands of criminals.
“All it does is go against our rights and handcuffs us, in our right to protect ourselves, our families,” O’Neil adds.
Frank Saccoccio, President of the Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition, says even after restrictions have eased throughout the state, they have not had the ability to speak to lawmakers about their concerns surrounding gun-control legislation.
“Somebody commits a criminal act with a firearm and I have to give up my right to defend myself? I didn’t do anything wrong. They’re not going after the criminals,” Saccoccio adds.
Spokespeople with the Rhode Island Second Amendment Coalition say they will continue to rally outside the Rhode Island State House until their vocies are heard.